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Passport Canada Web Scam

If you are looking around for renewing your passport beware what you search for on Google. The website that calls itself Passport Canada “helps” you renew your passport by charging a whopping $192 fee when the service’s information is free when you apply via Government’s website.

The website pops up when you search for “renew my passport canada” or other similar searches on Google. The website called, Passport Online, tries to resemble Government of Canada website for renewing passports. Asking you questions like “Are you Canadian citizen?” before charging you few hundred dollars to “help” you with your applications that you would normally do for free.

Essentially, the website itself, is giving you information you can get for free but charges you for information on how to renew your passport without renewing your passport. So that confuses a lot of people who pay the service yet still have to go to Passport Office and pay more money to actually renew their passport.

The website does state:

“We provide the convenience, freedom and ability to help or assist those in need .… We charge a nominal fee to have applications reviewed and facilitated,” and this doesn’t include any government fees.”

Passport Canada is advising Canadians to watch out for “certain organizations claim to offer ‘support’ to Canadian citizens who want to apply for a passport, such as by selling information kits that outline application procedures. Some also falsely claim to be able to speed up the passport application process for an additional fee.” Passport Canada even states that sometimes these promises can be considered a fraud.

So watch out, and just use Government’s official website to renew your Canadian passport for your upcoming Mexico vacation.

Canada To Introduce Border App – No More Waiting in Line

Federal government has created a new app that will help you cross the border much easier and faster. You would need to download and register first.

It is called Known Traveller Digital Identity app, and will first be launched only when you travel between Canada and Netherlands. If all goes according to plan, it will be rolled our to many other countries by 2020.

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The app will work similar to existing programs like Nexus, program that allows pre-screened travelers expedited processing when entering the United States and Canada. Basically you will need to register your details such as your passport #, vaccinations taken and records, bank statements, schools you went to, etc. This will allow agents to know who you are even before your flight leaves its gate.

This app will also use your retina and facial recognition to verify that you are exactly who you claim to be.

Accenture, technology company, behind developing this app says that all the information will be very secure.

“No personal information is stored on the ledger itself, ensuring that personal information is not consolidated in one system, which would make it a high value target for subversion,” the company said in a statement to CBC News.

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The app will learn from your travel patterns, and the more countries, and times you cross the border, the more trusted persona, you would become.

Ontario is going to use drones to monitor the highways, and now the government will use your cell phone records to decide if they want to let you in.

“Big Brother is Watching You.” ― George Orwell, 1984